According to a German prosecutor, Christian Brückner, the man accused of murdering British girl Madeleine McCann in Portugal in 2007, was “absolutely” responsible.
Investigations into the case are being led by Hans Christian Wolters, who told Portuguese network CMTV on Tuesday that detectives have found “new evidence” linking Brückner, who has been convicted of rape and child sex abuse, to the kidnapping. Brückner has not yet been formally accused of any wrongdoing.
He informed a television station that “the investigation is still proceeding; I believe we have uncovered some other evidence, though not forensics evidences, but some additional evidence,” Wolters said.
According to him, “We are certain that he is the murderer of Madeleine McCann.’
When Madeline — popularly known as Maddie — went missing from a Praia da Luz, Algarve resort on May 3, 2007, Wolters was speaking on the 15th anniversary of her disappearance.
At a nearby restaurant, Kate and Gerry McCann were having dinner when their daughter, Madeleine, went missing from a hotel room.
To mark the one-year anniversary of her disappearance, the McCanns published a photo of Madeleine taken on May 3, 2007.
In the pursuit of the truth
Brückner, a German national who lived in the Algarve between 1995 and 2007, has been recognized as an official suspect by Portuguese and German authorities.
According to German privacy rules, Brückner (who they refer to as Christian B) was first suspected of involvement in Madeline’s abduction by authorities in 2020. They claimed to have thought the infant was dead at the time.
Since freeing Kate and Gerry McCann in 2007, when they were first mentioned as suspects, Portuguese authorities had not designated a formal suspect in the case until now.
Following the official indictment of Brückner by German and Portuguese authorities on April 22, Kate and Gerry McCann released a statement saying they “welcomed” the news, which they felt signified “progress” in the investigation.
In a statement posted to a website dedicated to their search for Madeleine, the couple wrote, “We have not given up hope that Madeleine is still alive and we will be reunited with her.”
Madeleine vanished on the night of April 3, 2007, when Brückner was 45 years old, and Wolters told CMTV that he had “no alibi.”
“I don’t want to deny it,” Wolters replied when asked if his team of detectives had uncovered “anything belonging to Maddie” in Brückner’s caravan where he lived at the time.
A lady was raped by Brückner in the same location of the Algarve where Madeleine vanished in 2007, and he is currently serving a prison sentence in Germany.
Several additional crimes have been linked to him. In addition to breaking into hotels and holiday homes, he was also caught stealing diesel from a Portuguese port and fabricating passports, according to Reuters.